The Piccadilly Market is the brainchild of Janina Lear, who has been running the market from the Deakin University in Geelong for the past 4 years. She finally decided to bring it to Melbourne and chose the beautiful ballroom in the Williamstown Town Hall for the venue.
With over 60 stall holders attending the hall looked stunning with so many colours and beautiful goodies to buy. When we arrived we were treated to a breakfast whilst Janina ran through our Instagram challenge. With our scavenger list in hand we eagerly headed off amongst the stalls to take photos, and chat with the stallholders.
What impressed me most about the market was the range of different stalls. I’m a fan of craft and design markets, but find a lot are very same samey with too many stalls selling the identical things – or every other one selling baby clothes. The Piccadilly Market was different; every stall had something unique about it, which meant lots of variety for us eager shoppers.
I have to say I absolutely sucked at the Instagram challenge. I couldn’t seem to find many things off the list, but then I think I was somewhat distracted by the gorgeous goodies on the stalls. I was too busy chatting to the stallholders and buying up lots of little bits and pieces instead, and before realising it was time to go and catch up with all the other bloggers again. A winner of the challenge was chosen, and we were all handed the most amazing goodie bags before being let loose again on the market to go and shop.
The goodie bag was full to overflowing with treats for us all, in a specially printed Piccadilly Market bag. I’ve already used half the bits and bobs in the bag, and have some brilliant bits to give people as little gifts too.
The Piccadilly Market will next be in Melbourne at the Williamstown Town Hall on Sunday 9th November (10am-3pm) but if you can’t wait that long, then head to the Deakin Waterfront University in Geelong on Sunday 3rd August (9.30am-3pm) and also Saturday & Sunday 29th & 30th of November (9.30am-3pm)!! The bets part of the Geelong venue is that is has nearly twice as many stallholders!! 2 x the gorgeousness!!
I went a bit photo crazy on the day so you’ll really get an idea of what the market was like.